Society Officers

Robert Hughes


Amnis Opes Institute
Corvallis, OR 97333
TEL: (541) 752 2632; NO FAX

Amnis Opes Institute
112 Aspen Meadows Road #39
Driggs, Idaho 83422
TEL: 208 354 2632; NO FAX


Bob retired as a Senior Research Professor from the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University in 2009, and currently conducts research part time on biotic assemblage assessment in Brazil and China and for Amnis Opes Institute in the USA. He received his Ph.D. in Fisheries from Oregon State University, and his M.Sc. and A.B. from the University of Michigan. For 32 years he conducted research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as an on-site contractor. His research focused on fish assemblage assessment in streams, lakes, and rivers across large geographic extents in the United States, Europe, Brazil, and India. He developed aquatic ecosystem indicators for the USEPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP), which contributed to the first statistically-rigorous national assessments of U.S. surface waters. Prior to that research, Bob field-tested the ecoregion concept leading to the USEPA’s national ecoregion map. He has co-authored or authored 140 peer-reviewed publications, been a sponsored participant in eight national workshops on large rivers and bioassessment, and has been a guest speaker in Europe, South America, Australia, and China. Bob has served as an external reviewer for the State of the Nation’s Ecosystems Report, European Fish Index, Great Lakes Environmental Indicators, and National Research Agency of France, and he is a member of Oregon’s Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team, which reviews state actions for rehabilitating salmon and watersheds.

Donna L. Parrish

President Elect
VT Coop Fish Wildlife Res Unit
302 Aiken Ctr. UVM
Burlington, VT 05405
TEL: 802-656-2693

Donna L. Parrish is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey, Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She received her B.S. in biology from Southeast Missouri State University, M.S. in biology from Murray State University, and Ph.D. in zoology from The Ohio State University. As a scientist in the Cooperative Research Units program, she conducts fisheries research projects in which she mentors graduate students on projects that are developed to address unit cooperators’ needs. Over the last 20 years, her research has focused on three ecosystems within Vermont: Lake Champlain, the Connecticut River, and the Batten Kill. She has led research on trophic interactions, anadromous fish migration, and population modeling of trout among many others. She has been an author or co-author on 45 peer-reviewed publications and more than 75 presentations at scientific meetings. She has been a member of AFS since 1982.

Ronald J. Essig

First Vice President
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
TEL: 413-253-8504

Ron Essig is a fish biologist and chief of the Fish and Wildlife Branch, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, MA. He received a BS in biology from Rutgers University (1976) and an MS in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts (1979). Ron worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service stock assessment team in Woods Hole, MA (1979-1980), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division in Brunswick, GA (1980-1984), and the NMFS Fishery Statistics Division in Washington, DC (1984-1991). Then he joined the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Aid Division in the northeast region where he has worked for the past 21 years (1991-present). Ron’s focus areas for the administration of grants to State fishery agencies are marine and anadromous fish research and survey projects. He is an AFS Certified Fisheries Professional and has been a member of AFS since 1975.

F. Joseph Margraf

Second Vice President
1135 Park Ave Unit 904
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
TEL: 303-656-0906

Joe Margraf is supervisor of U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units in the western US and is stationed in Pagosa Springs, CO. He has served in the Coop Unit program since 1980 at Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Alaska, where he was major advisor for over 50 graduate students and on the graduate committees of over 75 others. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and technical reports and over 100 presentations for scientific meetings. Joe has been an AFS member since 1972 and life member since 1984. He received his BS degree in Fisheries from Cornell University, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University. Joe is Past President of the Education Section, the Fish Habitat Section, and the Western Division. He also served six years as the AFS Constitutional Consultant. He has received both the AFS Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards.

John Boreman

Past President
North Carolina State University
23 Covington Lane
Durham, NC 27712
Phone: 919-768-7198

John Boreman is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. He retired from NOAA Fisheries in 2008. He received a B.S. (1970) from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and his M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees from Cornell University. He worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as Northeast Region Power Plant Specialist (1974 – 1975) and as a member of the National Power Plant Team (1975 – 1980). He then worked for NOAA Fisheries as a senior assessment scientist and co-manager of the Emergency Striped Bass Study (1980 – 1984), chief of research coordination for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (1984 – 1989), director of the UMass/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and adjunct professor at UMass (1989 – 1997), deputy director (1997 – 2002) and then director (2002 – 2006) of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, then Director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology (2006 – 2008). His research interests have included population dynamics of coastal migratory fishes and environmental impacts on coastal ecosystems. He is currently doing consulting work for NOAA and regional fisheries management councils. He is the author or co-author of over 60 publications. He is an AFS Certified Fisheries Professional, and has been a member of AFS since 1971.

Douglas (Doug) J. Austen

Executive Director
American Fisheries Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814